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      • Five-minute bird counts resurrected on Mana, April 2021
        • 16 Apr 2021
        • Friends of Mana Island
        • Earlier this year Colin Miskelly produced a proposal to resurrect the 5-minute bird count surveys on Mana. The island is the focus of one of the most comprehensive ecological restoration programmes in New Zealand. However, there is little information published on how the landbird community on Mana has changed over time. The last farm stock […]
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      • Speargrass weevil survey gets underway, Feb 2021
        • 16 Apr 2021
        • Friends of Mana Island
        • Late in 2020 Colin Miskelly proposed a one-off survey of speargrass weevils on Mana Island for early 2021. The expectation was for similar surveys to be undertaken occasionally (e.g. at 3–5 year intervals) to assess whether speargrass weevils are being impacted by the Beauveria fungus that is being spread by the flax weevils. The background to […]
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      • FOMI work trip – 27-29 November 2020 – a very wet weekend
        • 8 Apr 2021
        • Friends of Mana Island
        • The weather in the lead up to this trip plus the changing forecasts raised doubts over whether the trip would proceed. Eliot was keen around midday Friday for us leave earlier as winds were forecast to rise later – they certainly did too. It was quite a rough trip across. Some people weren’t able to […]
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      • FOMI work trip – October 2020 – flax weevil MIQ set up
        • 8 Apr 2021
        • Friends of Mana Island
        • Now back at level 1 we were able to take a full complement of 17. It was back to sharing smaller spaces and noisier, but as usual a friendly and good natured group. There were many new faces on this trip. Most joined Will on his critter search, Friday night at the flax weevil trial site. […]
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      • Fernbirds / mātātā translocation project 2019
        • 24 Jul 2020
        • Friends of Mana Island
        • In 2019 FOMI translocated 40 North Island fernbirds/mātātā to the island’s wetland. There were previously none present on Mana Island. We are very grateful for sponsorship from OMV NZ to support this project. Overall aim To establish a breeding population of North Island fernbirds/mātātā on Mana Island.  The island provides a range of habitats suitable […]
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      • White-faced storm petrel translocation project 2019-2021
        • 12 Jul 2020
        • Friends of Mana Island
        • WFSP2020_Summary_ReportIn 2019 FOMI began translocating white-faced storm petrels / rōrō, takahikare-moana from Rekohu / Chathams to Mana Island over a three-year period. Fifty chicks in 2019, and 100 each in 2020 and 2021. This work is made possible through funding from our major sponsor OMV New Zealand Ltd.  Overall aim To establish a self-sustaining population […]
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      • FOMI work trip 12-14 June 2020
        • 21 Jun 2020
        • Friends of Mana Island
        • First trip since the Covid 19 lockdown. Only 10 in the group and everyone was careful to observe the hygiene procedures promoted. Travel day was quite cold and overcast. The usual Friday night critter monitoring at the flax weevil site was postponed until Saturday because of the cold conditions. Colin, Brittany and Sarah-Jane travelled up […]
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      • FOMI flax weevil work trip – 28 Feb to 1 March 2020
        • 17 May 2020
        • Friends of Mana Island
        • This weekend our group focused on Will Brockelsby’s flax weevil research project. There were 12 of us though Annemieke and Andrea doubled as part of the white-faced storm petrel feeding (WFSP) team. The feeding team were also at the Lockwood. We shared a meal with them. Colin Miskelly outlined the flax weevil project so all […]
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      • Shore plover banding combos 2020
        • 24 Apr 2020
        • Friends of Mana Island
        • This is the message from the DOC ranger, 22/4/20 on how to ID the shore plovers…. Kia ora keen tūturuatu/shore plover spotters, First off, thanks to you all for being the eyes on the mainland for these special birds. Your sightings have been invaluable in tracking the movements of birds from Mana Island since the […]
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      • Mice vs Mana – a tale of success
        • 11 Apr 2020
        • Friends of Mana Island
        • Mouse eradication programme on Mana Island – 1989-91 Between 1989 and 1991 there was a major mouse eradication programme on Mana Island. At the time, Mana was the largest island in the world to be cleared of mice. Estimates ranged from 5 to 15 million mice!  This fascinating article in Forest & Bird magazine, published […]
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      • FOMI work trip 20-22 September 2019 – plants, birds and great company
        • 18 Oct 2019
        • Friends of Mana Island
        • Lizards, gannets and storm petrels tasks Friday was quite windy but this died down to light breezes and sunny skies on Saturday. Annemieke, Cherie, Heather and Sarah Jane carried out lizard monitoring at the ngahere, green gecko and speckled skink sites Saturday. The team moved on to the gannet site to begin weeding this neglected area. Heather […]
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